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The End of an Era: The 2017 Christmas Finished Filming Today

Although it won’t be screened until December, the end of an era has begun, as filming for the 2017 Christmas special ended earlier today.
This is the final episode of the Twelfth Doctor’s tenure, and the last under Steven Moffat’s reign as showrunner – the writer being a driving force in the show since taking over the head job for Series 5; his first in-canon work for the show, however, was 2005’s The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances. Suffice to say, this is very momentous.
The special, expected to screen on BBC One on Christmas Day, is directed by Rachel Talalay (World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls) and co-stars David Bradley as the First Doctor, presumably in an adventure that takes place between the final few scenes of The Tenth Planet, with the two incarnations of the Time Lord – both first of their respective regenerative cycles – refusing to change their faces.
This naturally won’t be a time for the Doctor Who team to put their feet up: aside from the fact Chris Chibnall’s era will soon start, this festive special will go into post-production, meaning Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin, and Rachel Talalay will be busy for some time!
Nonetheless, a gathering of fans arrived at Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff, to give them a fair send-off, and Peter Capaldi and co. came outside to greet them all. He’s just that sort of a guy. By which I mean, awesome. Apparently, Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead; Empress of Mars) was also on set to witness this sad occasion.
We’ll have to wait to hear more news from the special (including a preview at the San Diego Comic Con), but for now, there’s rumour that its title is The Doctors – though that might just be a preliminary title.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

8 thoughts on “The End of an Era: The 2017 Christmas Finished Filming Today

    1. Sorry Womble, I still prefer Twelfth Night. Maybe cos I was listening to Tom B quoting the Bard again (BF The Renaissance Man, or as Leela so delightfully calls it, ‘runny science’).

  1. I’ve decided what I really want for Christmas is not to know who the 13th Doctor is until they broadcast his/her first story. Elsewhere D84 has suggested we might not see the new Doctor’s face until Chib’s debut. New Doc appears like Pertwee or McCoy, or Eccleston. I thought it would be fun if we didn’t even know which actor was the Doctor at first – keep us guessing between various new faces as the first ep plays out. Or am I just picking up fantrolling now the Grand Moff’s bowing out?

    1. I doubt they’d be able to keep it secret, even if they didn’t film No.13 until Block 1 of S11. The perverse side of me hopes, still, there’s been no talk of another Doctor simply because it’s a ruse i.e. Capaldi staying after all. Now that would be a GOTCHA! 😀

  2. If they’ve already filmed the new Doctor coming out of the regen, we’ll probably be hearing who the new doc is rather soon. Unless of course they keep us hanging but I really prefer seeing the torch being passed right then and there.

    1. Chris Chibnall has already said that filming on his first series of Doctor Who starts in November 2017 so we can expect an announcement of who has been cast as the new Doctor before then. I would really love to see a surprise regeneration one day, with no knowledge of who is playing the the new Doctor. I really thought they were going to do it at the end of ‘The Doctor Falls’ and that the whole ‘Capaldi is in the Christmas special’ pre publicity was just a ruse.

  3. A momentous day indeed if it’s Peter’s final day of filming, a momentous occasion for a very fine Doctor.
    P.S. As always I’m distracted by the picture of Jenna, and hence couldn’t help noticing what a strange earring she has on 🙂

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